I’m so totally and completely biased when it comes to my friend David McNeil’s photography and I don’t care…the thing is, he is just so amazingly talented for which I am more than a little bit envious! Plus he’s lovely and all that jazz…which just makes his work even more fantastic. In fact when we met our competition winners, Vana & Damien a few weeks ago, whilst looking though David’s portfolio, Vana said ‘It really seems like you know all the people you photograph‘ and that’s just it, that’s why he is so great, none of his images seem staged or forced or awkward – and you know what, now I’m a little bit annoyed now that I didn’t coin that phrase myself!
Anyway, David has got a super busy month coming up so I’ll have plenty of wonderful weddings, engagements and bridal shoots to share with you, starting with this gorgeous, intimate afternoon tea wedding in London. Isn’t her dress just to die for? (edit: her dress is from Candy Anthony)
If someone said to you ‘quintessential English wedding’ the images that pop into your head would be those of spring time, sprawling gardens, garden roses, strawberries & cream, tea & cake, posh hats, Laura Ashley, paisley and Cath Kidston Well I’m here to blow those ideas out of the water!
An urban English wedding is just as British as the traditional pretty countryside one, in fact maybe more so as a wedding in the city enables the photographer to show off London’s fantastic landmarks at their best…aww makes me come over all patriotic! The Gherkin, The London Eye, The River Thames…these are the things I think of when I think of England…but maybe that’s because I am just a city girl at heart.
Just call me the Carrie Bradshaw of weddings!
A huge thank you to Christian & Susan of CKP Weddings for taking the time to share these with me.
So after we left Vana & Damien yesterday, David (hard working as ever) headed off to London’s Southwark for a fabulously moody pre-wedding shoot! The rain may have been pouring, but David was able to capture the couple and their most glorious…and I have to say, the rain water on the ground does make for some amazing light.
David said: After a pretty dismal day, some sun made it through the clouds, before clouding over and pouring with rain as we started the shoot.
However, I’m never one to be defeated, so after we arrived in Southwark I found a rather interesting empty car park, a rough round the edges theatre bar, a nicely lit railway tunnel and grimy door to use as backdrops.
I usually reschedule if the weather looks bad, but as you can see from tonight’s shoot, a bit of rain doesn’t mean the images have to suffer!
I just got back from meeting out wedding photography competition winners with my friend and photographer David McNeil. Vana & Damienare even cooler in real life than they are on paper. We got on like a house on fire and spent about 2 hours chatting non-stop!
I knew Vana and I would get on as we have chatted on the phone a number of times (for like an hour at a time…we’re both big chatterboxes apparently!) but it was great to meet them both and to see how excited they are about their upcoming wedding. The couple have some amazing, unique and totally rock n roll (Damien is in a band after all) ideas and I can’t wait to see them all in November.
So…my next task, my wedding outfit! To hat or not to hat?
We will be meeting the couple again in the next couple of months for their pre-wedding shoot, hopefully including some shots in the S&M Cafe! Didn’t I tell you they were bloody cool?
Here we all are drinking wine in the middle of the day and chatting all things wedding, and the photo of David – I took that..I’m pretty sure I’ve missed my calling!
OK I am officially blown away by this couple and this wedding. It bright and it’s fun and it looks like a wedding I would have loved to be at!
Nicola & Ben got hitched at Tithe Barn, Hampshire and did as much DIY as was feasible. This included all the invites, the favours, the decorations (yes, Martha Pom Poms… all 450 of them!), the table plan, the order of the day booklets…
Nicola says It was well worth the extra effort when we saw all our hard work come together on the day and I have to agree – the result is quite frankly spectacular, gorgeous and inspiring,. Plus I am sooo jealous of Nicola’s amazing Candy Anthony dress & petticoat (and her veil which she made herself for the grand total of £1.50!)
The couple also had a cine film wedding video that I can’t wait to see (and share with you of course) when they get it back.